City Council

Bill Sam (right) takes the oath of office as a Beaumont city councilman.

At a packed Beaumont City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13, incoming Ward IV councilman Bill Sam was sworn in and officially took his seat on the council. Sam was appointed to the elected position to fill the unexpired term left by former councilmember Jamie Smith, who was elected to serve the area as Jefferson County District Clerk.


District 4 is up for grabs with current District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet running for mayor. The following are two candidates who are vying for the position:

Robert Troy

Age: 68

Hometown: Port Arthur


God, family members and voters were all the big winners and thanked tremendously Tuesday morning when the Port Arthur City Council welcomed two new members to its chambers while welcoming back two incumbents.

In one of the larger City Council races in recent memory, 24 candidates competed for the six open City Council positions, and the four winners were honored with the swearing in by Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince in a ceremony held at the Council Chambers in City Hall and was followed up with a reception.


It was a regular Thursday for Julie Gauthier and her family on May 19. Work, school and a dance recital for 4-year-old Claire in the evening were part of the day’s festivities.

But Thursday also had something special in store for bot h the citizens of Port Neches and the Gauthier family as the 34-year-old Port Neches native was only the second woman in the 102-year history of the city to be sworn in to the city council. Former mayor and city council member Frances Monk was the first woman to join the council according to Jamie Louviere, Port Neches City Secretary.


Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.


A source with knowledge of Port Arthur's City Council Incumbent D. Kay Wise's previous employment said Thursday afternoon that her assertion that she lives at 735 Stilwell is untrue and that the company, GP Industrial Contractors, based out of Port Arthur, who used to employ Wise, paid approximately $17,000 in rent for her over a 17-month period as part of her fringe benefit package.

Attempts to reach Wise for comment were unsuccessful.


Faced with questions regarding the legitimacy of her residency as she tries to hold on to her Position 7 seat on the Port Arthur City Council, D. Kay Wise denied that she lives in another district and said she is the victim of “dirty politics” from her opponents.


Derrick Freeman wears Port Arthur on his sleeve.

Born and raised in the city, Freeman has seen and experienced a lot of what Port Arthur has to offer; from his father having to endure the constant worry of “layoff lists” in the 1980s to the present day P.A., where as a married 35-year-old father of three, he and his wife, a teacher in PAISD, are carving out a life in a place whose future is as diverse as the people that make up the population.